From USA Today:
Highly touted favorite American Pharoah, whose Egyptian-born owner had been a recent runner-up three times in the Kentucky Derby, lived up to the hype Saturday and won the 141strunning of the Derby.
The winning time for the 1 1/4 mile race was 2:03.02 in front of a record crowd of 170,513.
Now it’s on to the May 16 Preakness in Baltimore. We’ll see if American Pharoah has a shot to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
American Pharoah, the 5-2 favorite, finished a length ahead of runner-up Firing Line and three lengths ahead of previously unbeaten and third-place Dortmund, second choice of the oddsmakers at 4-1.
It was the fourth Derby win for American Pharoah’s trainer, Bob Baffert, and the third Derby win for jockey Victor Espinoza, who won it for the second year in a row.
Espinoza also won the Derby for Baffert aboard… (read more)